We’re about to embark on the busy holiday season, the time when work, entertaining and finding perfect gifts reach a fun and frenzied pace. Before all that kicks in, though, we suggest taking some time out to pamper yourself and recharge. Whether you want a deliciously scented body treatment or a full-scale escape, here are four of the best places in the country to enjoy an autumnal spa experience.
The Spa at Trump SoHo
Pumpkins aren’t just for pie. At Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Spa at Trump SoHo, the orange gourd stars in the rejuvenating pumpkin body polish treatment through December 25. The invigorating outing at the Four-Star Trump SoHo New York sanctuary commences with the perfect pumpkin peeling enzyme mask made of a mix of 15 percent pumpkin extract, vitamin A and moisture-loving hyaluronic acid. Next comes a body scrub with pumpkin enzymes followed by a light application of body balm. The combination will undoubtedly have you glowing, even on one of those brisk Manhattan days.
The Spa at Fearrington
If you like apples, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Spa at Fearrington is reprising its popular series of body treatments scented with warm cinnamon and apples, which are packed with all sorts of skin-friendly antioxidants like vitamin C. The farm-to-face-and-feet treatments only make sense since Five-Star The Fearrington House Inn is located on a farm just outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Warm up with an apple- and spice-scented pedicure or manicure or try the spiced apple exfoliation. During the 60- or 90-minute service, the heady aroma of a hot glass of cider sets the relaxing tone for a soft body brushing, an apple sugar scrub for polishing away dry skin cells and a spiced apple body wash that purifies from head-to-toe. The final step is a full-body massage that incorporates apple- and cinnamon-spiced shea butter. These luxurious treatments are offered through December 31.
The Allison Inn & Spa
Since wine (in moderation) is healthy, a trip to wine country should theoretically always make us feel good. Take things to holistic heights with a visit to this Four-Star beauty in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. As a part of the Wellness in Wine Country spa package (available through April 30, 2015), couples check into a deluxe room for a weekend of pinot noir and pampering services. Each person chooses one spa treatment among five popular options such as the essential massage, hot oil herbal wrapsody or custom hydration. On top of that, the duo also receives a yoga or personal training session, along with a credit toward breakfast at Four-Star JORY at The Allison Inn and a gift bag packed with Naturopathica skincare products.
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
With the craze for salted caramel lattes and ice cream, we’re surprised it’s taken this long for a salted caramel body treatment to hit the desert. But now you’ll find it at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, a staggering, 125-acre oasis. Through November 30, The Spa at Camelback Inn is offering Bewitched, a procedure that starts with an application of sea salt and brown sugar blended together with a ginger-pecan body scrub. After a soothing Vichy shower, the skin is then hydrated a with caramel-scented body milk. When that step is completed, you’ll be ready for the pumpkin spice facial. Besides being loaded with zinc, vitamins and essential fatty acids, pumpkin has powerful enzymes that detoxify and tone the derma. After this 60-minute service, we promise, you’ll leave smelling good enough to eat.